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    Archive for June 2012

    Scotiabank targets young adults with NFC poster campaign

    June 29th, 2012

    Canada’s Scotiabank is to use NFC smart posters to promote its Scene movie rewards service to a target market of young adults and movie enthusiasts. Over the summer months more than 80 NFC-enabled posters will… More

    Swedish carriers launch mobile wallet service

    June 29th, 2012

    WyWallet offers 97% of Swedish mobile phone users the ability to make funds transfers, online and SMS payments today and will include support for NFC payments from 2013. More

    ABI: Mobile device hardware security market to be worth $1.9bn in 2017

    June 29th, 2012

    The mobile device hardware security market will be worth US$1.9bn by 2017, up from US$430m in 2012, according to a new report by ABI Research. The Mobile Device Security study looks at the market for… More

    Oberthur buys MoreMagic

    June 29th, 2012

    Oberthur Technologies has acquired Boston-based mobile payments specialist MoreMagic. Oberthur plans to combine the company’s technology with its existing NFC and TSM offerings  to create a comprehensive suite of mobile commerce and financial services solutions, including a secured mobile wallet infrastructure and end-to-end NFC service.

    Google adds ‘Save to Wallet’ APIs for payments cards and offers

    June 28th, 2012

    The new APIs will allow consumers to save offers directly from a merchant’s website into Google Wallet and then redeem them at the point-of-sale via NFC, mobile barcodes or by simply showing the offer code to the sales assistant. More

    Targobank and E-Plus to test NFC

    June 28th, 2012

    Targobank, part of the French Crédit Mutuel group, and E-Plus, Germany’s third largest mobile network operator, have announced plans to work together to test NFC payments. The partners will begin with a pilot test using MasterCard PayPass stickers that attach to users’ mobile phones from late summer 2012.

    Russian Post to explore NFC

    June 28th, 2012

    Russian Post has signed an agreement with MasterCard to jointly develop and commercialise a range of “innovative financial products”. As a first step, 2,000 of Russian Post’s 42,000 post offices will be equipped to accept PayPass contactless payments. Pilot tests of MasterCard Mobile and MasterCard MoneySend will be conducted and the potential of NFC mobile payments will also be investigated.

    Isle of Wight festival goers get contactless tickets and payments

    June 28th, 2012

    “There are a number of festivals throughout the UK, Europe and United States adopting the technology, and they’re all using entry wristbands as the intermediary,” says technology provider ID&C. “It’s convenient for fans and will only benefit their experience.” More

    Orange France rolls out NFC SIMs

    June 28th, 2012

    Orange France is to issue NFC SIMs to all its 27m subscribers, making it the first carrier in Europe to deploy NFC-enabled SIM cards nationally. Gemalto’s UpTeq NFC SIMs have been picked for the initial rollout.

    Cityzi hits 1m NFC phones

    June 28th, 2012

    French mobile network operators Orange, Bouygues Télécom, SFR and NRJ Mobile have announced that more than one million Cityzi NFC phones have now been sold. First launched in the city of Nice in May 2010 with just one feature phone, 18 Cityzi NFC mobile phone models are now available in France.

    Google unveils Nexus Q media player with NFC

    June 27th, 2012

    The new sphere is “the first-ever social streaming device — like a cloud-connected jukebox where everyone brings their own music to the party,” says Google’s Andy Rubin. More

    NXP puts SE in Nexus 7

    June 27th, 2012

    Google’s Nexus 7 tablet, launched earlier today, contains a PN65 NFC controller from NXP. The chip features an embedded secure element to support secure NFC transactions such as payments, ticketing, and access control.

    Google unveils Nexus 7 tablet with NFC

    June 27th, 2012

    Google has unveiled its hotly anticipated Nexus tablet at the Google I/O developers’ conference in San Francisco. The Nexus 7 is a 7-inch NFC tablet made by Asus. It runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and… More

    Jelly Bean to extend NFC P2P

    June 27th, 2012

    Google has announced two new NFC features will be available in the Android 4.1 ‘Jelly Bean’ version of its Android Beam service. Users will now be able to send photos and videos from one Android device to another by tapping two NFC devices together, with the link initiated via NFC before handing over to Bluetooth for the transfer. They will also be able to pair with and connect to NFC Bluetooth devices with a touch.

    1m Android NFC devices now shipping every week

    June 27th, 2012

    More than one million Android devices with in-built NFC functionality are now shipping every week, Google has announced at the Google I/O developers’ event in San Francisco. A total of 400m Android devices have now been… More

    Inside Secure appoints NFC patent licensing agent

    June 27th, 2012

    The NFC chip specialist has hired IP commercialisation specialist France Brevets to handle licensing of more than seventy patents — including a core patent that is expected to mean any manufacturer incorporating an NFC controller into their device will need to acquire a license. More

    Gap Japan votes with NFC

    June 27th, 2012

    Fashion chain Gap has used wristbands and NFC phones to allow customers to vote for the best dressed staff at two stores in Tokyo. Customers were given contactless wristbands which were then “high fived” against NFC phones carried by store assistants. A successful touch registered a vote, signalled by a cheer from the phone and a post being made to the customer’s Facebook timeline, reports CScout Japan’s Michael Keferl.

    Toronto to get NFC ticketing test

    June 25th, 2012

    Metrolinx is to test open loop NFC and contactless card versions of its Presto transit ticketing card this summer, the Toronto Star reports. The trial will begin at College Station and will then be extended to Dundas Station and Yonge-Bloor if the first stage is a success.

    China Mobile signs NFC payments partnership deal

    June 25th, 2012

    The world’s largest mobile network operator is to collaborate with national payments network China UnionPay, in a deal set to lead to the introduction of NFC services in up to one hundred Chinese cities. More

    Google readying Nexus tablet?

    June 25th, 2012

    Google could be getting ready to launch an NFC-equipped Android tablet at its I/O developer event this week, according to Gizmodo, which reports that the Nexus 7 is built by Asus and includes a 1.3Ghz quad-core Tegra 3 processor and a GeForce 12-core GPU. 8GB and 16GB versions of the 7-inch Android Jelly Bean device will be available, retailing at US$199 and $249 respectively, according to a leaked document seen by the publication.

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